Ingown Toe Nail Surgery

Do I need surgery for my ingrown toenail?

Ingrown Toenails can be extremely painful and debilitating and even minor problems can quickly flare into something much worse if left untreated.

At Toowoomba Podiatry we have treated hundreds of ingrown toenails successfully over many years and unfortunately, many are the result of poor nail cutting and by patients digging sharp objects down the sides of the nails to try and clean them out.

Avoid digging anything down the sides of your toenails and if there is a slight irritation, pick up the phone and call us. All it takes is for the skin to be scratched, ever so slightly, and this small break in the skin can lead to an infection.

More ingrown toenails in summer

Statistically, warmer months produce more ingrown toenails than cooler months.

When it’s warm, the skin around the nail becomes soft due to sweat and retained moisture within the shoe, however the nail is hard and with constant shoe pressure the nail can penetrate and break the skin.

So poorly fitted footwear can also be a problem and can significantly increase the chance of ingrown toenails.

What are my treatment Options?

Regardless of the cause, treatment for an ingrown toenail is quite simple.

At Toowoomba Podiatry, Judith France our podiatrist with Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines will first and foremost take a detailed medical history before commencing any form of treatment, because it’s important to know if this has been an ongoing problem, or if it’s your first ingrown toenail.

Your answer will determine the type of treatment undertaken.

It’s also important to know how painful it is. Sometimes an ingrown toenail can look terrible and be relatively pain free. If this is the case treatment is simple and usually involves simple trimming of the nail away from the nail groove and applying a sterile dressing.

When treating ingrown toenails, it is advisable to review all treatment within three to five days.  

When Is Surgery Required?

If you’ve had a long history of painful ingrown toenails or involuted nails and conservative treatment has been unsuccessful, then a minor surgical procedure may be the best option.

This procedure is relatively painless and is performed under local anaesthetic in our podiatry rooms, and you do not need a referral from your GP. When local anaesthetic is injected into the toe it is numb within minutes, making the ingrown toenail surgery completely pain free.

The whole procedure is completed in under an hour, and once the area is dressed, you will walk out of our clinic pain free. Even when the anaesthetic wears off, rarely does anyone complain of pain, because all the podiatrists at Toowoomba Podiatry are highly trained in toenail surgery.  

Six reasons to choose a podiatrist for your nail surgery & not your GP

At Toowoomba Podiatry we perform a lot of nail surgeries, year in, year out with outstanding results, yet some potential nail surgery patients are still unsure if they should see a podiatrist or their General Practitioner for nail surgery.

So, if you are still sitting on the fence yourself, here are six good reasons why you should see a podiatrist for your nail surgery.

  • Podiatrists are foot specialists and even though the Athlete’s Foot may say, ‘nobody knows the foot like the Athlete’s Foot’, we beg to differ, WE DO KNOW THE FOOT BETTER than anyone else, and that includes your general practitioner. Because ingrown toenails are common, Podiatrists have more experience than anyone else at treatment and prevention.
  • Your podiatrist knows the right portion of nail to be removed to prevent it from regrowing. This means your toenail will look far better after the surgery and not distorted and deformed. You should have to be hiding your feet from the public post-surgery.
  • Because we specialise in the foot and give local anaesthetic in the toe more often there will be far less discomfort and pain.
  • We have instruments specifically engineered for treating ingrown toenails and for performing toenail surgery.
  • Because podiatrists remove less nail and use the right instruments; you will have a faster recovery time, which means no time off of work, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and activity much quicker.
  • If you have an ingrown toenail, get it treated as early as possible, because the longer you leave it the worse it can become, and ideally you want to avoid nail surgery if you can.

As a final tip, it’s important to understand that only a podiatrist will be able to perform conservative, non-surgical treatment, and more often than not, most ingrown toenails do not require surgery.

Success Rate

At Toowoomba Podiatry we perform this procedure countless times every year with a 98-100% success rate, which is why patients travel quite a distance to receive treatment at our Toowoomba Clinic.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please telephone us on 07 46321100 and one of our friendly team will assist you as best the can.